How to Overcome Dry Spells in Meditation

Have you ever experienced a dry spell in your meditation practice? Recently, I started to notice that my meditations were becoming increasingly difficult.  What was the problem? I didn’t realize until I found the answer. One day before meditation, I randomly opened up The Essence of Self-realization to this excerpt: “While meditating, don’t concentrate on the results of meditation. Meditate, rather, to please God. If you seek results, you will be disappointed if they don’t come. “In the Bhagavad Gita, … Read More

Joy in Acceptance

The secret of inner peace is accepting things as they are… ~Paramhansa Yogananda People have always asked my maternal grandmother Joan, or Popo as I called her, how she was able to keep her joy-filled, happy-go-lucky attitude throughout her 100 some-odd years of life on this problem-ridden Earth. Most attributed it to good genes, and perhaps there is some truth to that, but after she left her body peacefully 2 weeks ago, it is clear to me that her joy … Read More

Divine Delight

Have you ever experienced highway hypnosis? This is a trance-like state while you are driving a car responding to external events in the expected, safe manner with no recollection of doing so. You arrive in your driveway and think, “How did I get home?” Advertisers are aware of this phenomenon and that’s why they use billboards to advertise to a “captive” highway audience.  Here is a funny example of two billboards right next to each other. Would you be more … Read More

Overcomplicating Simple Living

Swami Kriyananda tells a story in The New Path about how he traveled to Mexico in his youth in hopes of connecting with a simpler way of life. He learned to make do with only ten dollars a month! He shares what foods he ate in order to save money and even how he rationed portions of dessert to not feel deprived.  A big lesson he shares through this experience is that we can over-complicate even simple living. He was … Read More

Joy in Stillness

It’s been two weeks since I met Doug in California’s High Sierra Mountains, and the encounter is still rippling out to the furthest reaches of my being. I suppose in retrospect, ever since reading Paramhansa Yogananda’s quote, “You must stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds,” I’ve been searching for a way to do just that; now watching the Pacific waves crash onto shore, I feel my search has ended. Good thing too, since the world seems to be … Read More

Divine Nature in the City 

I felt like I was stuck inside someone’s living science fiction novel with pages that were forcefully scratched, erased, whole lives torn out, rewritten new scenarios, and cliffhangers. Who could have foretold the historic life pages that brought the world to a screeching halt within the last year and a half?  How overnight, countless lives would be uprooted on the global stage and businesses frozen in their tracks? In the microcosm of my own life, the momentum of an amusement-park … Read More

The Most Important Work

“I had no idea what you were doing was so important!” This message came to me shortly after my mom left her body in early 2020. Recently, after a year of battling Lyme disease, I was able to recommit to co-leading our spiritual community in Los Angeles. During meditation, I felt Paramhansa Yogananda say, “I’ve got big plans for you.”  “You have a big work to do here.” Swami Kriyananda said these words to me three times while he was … Read More

A Hong-Sau Takeover

When Dr. Lewis first met Paramhansa Yogananda, the guru said to his first kriya yoga disciple in America, “Will you always love me as I love you?”  Even though Dr. Lewis was meeting Yogananda for the first time, he felt an irresistible divine love and attraction to the young Indian Swami. Dr. Lewis said, “Yes, I give you my unconditional love.” Rubbing his hands together, Yogananda replied, “Good, now I can take charge of your life.” What does it mean … Read More

Increasing the Light

  As we emerge from isolation and begin to hug and embrace each other again without masks, I wonder what other masks have been dropped as well in this past year. The tragedy of too many shedding their mortal coil from this invisible and silent scourge has left behind tremendous grief, at times unrelenting. This coming face-to-face with death and the fragility of life has forced many of us to reassess how we wish to lead our lives. Witnessing quite … Read More

Clearer Reception

Forcefully, a paw will unexpectedly pat one of my legs, back, forearms, hands, sometimes with affectionate kicking to follow!  Bibi, our tabby cat with piercing green eyes, makes it clear if she wants attention, even though she gets an equal amount with her two male siblings Boris and Max.  Companionship, closeness, reassurance, playfulness; clearly, we are not the only species that display these needs. Indeed, the yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda taught that soul friendships are great blessings and wishing goodwill … Read More